I love Christmas. I love the colours and flavours, I love the joy of family celebrating together. In all the festivities, I think the dog, Sidney, enjoyed herself the most. She opened her gift with all the gusto of a three-year old.
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I didn’t have any ideas for the weekly Photo Challenge this week. Waiting? It was a brisk but sunny day and I decided to take my camera for a walk along the lake. The “waiting” challenge would have to wait. I stopped to take a photo and realized the old boathouse was waiting for repair. The railing was ready to fall and one of the supports had rotted through and now dangled dangerously above the water.
I came across a swing, It looked so forlorn, gently swaying in the silence as it waited for the children to come.
I passed a tree. There was just one leaf left, waiting to fall.
I am truly amazed at how there is so much waiting in this place. The flag hung limp from the flagpole. Waiting is what flags do best. They hang around day after day waiting for the wind, a slight breeze and it will happily flutter.
Around the corner I found another sad sight. A lovely red boat lay at the shore, waiting for someone to rescue it, someone to care enough to bail out the water and pull him onto the shore, safe from the winter ice that will soon grip it and tear it apart.
I sighed and carried on with my walk. Passing by a mailbox, I realized it too waited. Every day wondering if the mailman would come and place a bill or, better yet, a letter inside. Letters are scarce these days. Who takes the time to write? Email and phone calls are so much easier.
A squirrel was busy gathering nuts for the soon coming winter. He saw me and froze, waiting for me to leave so he could get back to work.
I took a hint and headed for home. There is so much waiting, I couldn’t wait to get home to upload my photos and write this post. Thankyou for coming on my walk. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
I am very fortunate, I belong to a fairly large family. I have three children and seven grandchildren. Today four of the grandchildren visited and we played and they had fun posing for some photos. I love having them visit, family is so important and as a Granny, I think it is vital that I keep a close connection. Children need to know they are loved, they are important and they are valued. Each one needs attention. Each one needs to have a place to share thier thoughts.
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When I first saw this challenge, I thought my breakfast is too boring, who cares that I have cereal every morning. Sure, I add blueberries, for their antioxidants, but really, who cares.
I sat down to breakfast, and opened my Bible and it struck me that “man does not live by bread (or cereal) alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” We have spiritual needs as well as physical ones. Our spirit needs a daily breakfast to keep it healthy. The vitamins and minerals we need from God are the words we read from the Bible. They keep us spiritually healthy. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
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The other day we had a little bit of snow in the morning, it soon cleared and the snow melted leaving drops on some bushes in my front yard. I grabbed my camera and took a few photos with the Macro lens. More practice.
A Tale of Wonder for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Wonder
As soon as we started the hiking trail, we saw the warning; “BEWARE! entering active karst terrain, stay on the trail.” What is a Karst? I wonder if it is an animal? Dangerous, like a grizzly bear. I am starting to get scared. I asked John if he had the bear spray with him, I did not want to meet a karst unprepared. The trail led us to a huge hole partly filled with water.
A sign reported the karst caused this hole. I am in shock! They must be huge! Are they some sort of Bigfoot? Maybe it is a monster like in the Loch Ness? I grabbed Johns arm for protection. We walked gently around the hole looking for the karst. I peered over the edge. Was it living in the depths? There were some big holes along the trail. Karst footprints I presume. This monster must be enormous.
Were these holes made by the karst‘s heavy foot? I started to worry. We were now deep in the woods. We had not seen another soul, we were alone. I spotted a lookout tower on the hill.
What a relief. That will be a safe place to get a good view and spot the beast. Once we got to the base of the tower, we noticed the bottom section of ladder is missing. I had to stretch high to grab the lowest rung.
As I grabbed the window at the top, my foot slipped and I tumbled down amid the broken glass..
Too scared to be hurt, I ran all the way back to the car, anxious to get away, positive the karst had grabbed my leg and caused my fall. We drove further into Wood Buffalo National Park, we wanted to know more about the karst. Another trail took us to some Salt Plains. The trees along the path were dead, covered in lichen and very spooky.
We silently followed the narrow trail. I kept looking back, sure we were being followed. Before too long ,the woods opened up to a shocking sight. I stared in wonder and amazement. I could not believe my eyes!
Rocks lay scattered all over the plains, as if discarded. That’s when I found out about the diet of the mysterious karst. They eat the rocks! The flat plains were strewn with the remains of their meals. Granite rocks showed the marks where the karst had chewed pieces and spit them out.
Other rocks were crushed and all that remained were a few crumbs.
Was this real? Have we stumbled upon another world? Even the plants
were different. Rubbery, they had the feel of an artificial plant.
The place was crawling in insects of all sorts. The black flies were the most annoying, getting under our glasses and biting. It was time to get out of this strange and mysterious place. No wonder it is a Unesco World Heritage site. It is like no other place I have ever seen. I am happy to leave, it is too spooky and scary for me. I wonder why they call this place “Wood Buffalo National Park” and where are all the buffalo? We did not see even one. Have they all been eaten by the karst? I wonder.
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I have a new Nikon Macro lens and have been taking random photos all over the house.
I need feedback. I need pointers and tips. feel free to tell me what could be done better.
I value your expert advice.